The Patriot Guard Riders are proud to report that for the first time since the inception of the Wreaths Across America program, on December 16, 2017, a Holiday Wreath was placed on every gravesite at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY. The Patriot Guard Riders, along with several thousand community volunteers respectfully placed those wreaths, but much more importantly, took the time to honor and remember over 11,000 of our fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen resting in that place of honor.

We wish to sincerely thank everyone who made that goal a reality, particularly those who contributed via the PGRNY “Three For Two” program. Through that program, fully 100% of your contribution went toward the sponsorship of wreaths, with a total of almost 3,800 wreaths (over 1/3 of the total) provided….a truly outstanding effort.

Now that the bar has been set, we look forward to achieving that goal each and every year going forward, and we are confident that with your generous help and support, we can do just that. Once again, our heartfelt thanks for honoring and remembering our fallen heroes.


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Honor Mission

Stephen J. Tomasic, Veteran
USMC - Korean Era
Buffalo, New York - 07 Sep 2017


We have been requested to stand in Honor of the U.S. Marine Corps Service of prominent businessman Stephen J. Tomasic of Lackawanna, NY, who passed away on August 22nd. Mr. Tomasic had been serving in the USMC Reserves when he was called to Active Duty on 11 January 1953. He served 2 years, with an MOS of 6413 - Aircraft Communication System Technician. On 10 January 1955 at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC, Mr. Tomasic was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Corporal (E-4) and earned the National Defense Service Medal.

Primary Staging Time: 4:00 P.M.

Castiglia Funeral Home
873 Abbott Road
Buffalo, New York - 14220

Ride Captain:

Special Instructions:

Flag Line for arrival of family and friends.
Calling Hours from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.
The family of Mr. Tomasic has been very adamant about their desire for PGR presence.
Please arrive with a clean 3x5 American Flag or USMC flag, dress for the weather, and bring a beverage for hydration.
Your participation in any portion of these Calling Hours will be appreciated.

SPECIAL NOTE: We have multiple Missions in Region-1 throughout the coming week. Please contribute your time as you're able.

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 08 Sep, 2017
Staging #2 Time: 9:45 A.M.

Castiglia Funeral Home
873 Abbott Road
Buffalo, New York - 14220

Ride Captain:

Special Instructions:

Assemble at the FH in preparation for Dignified Escort to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, NY.
Escort route will go past the business of Mr. Tomasic as a final salute.
Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 A.M, with Military Honors. (No Cemetery)
Please arrive on time with a clean 3x5 American Flag or USMC flag and dress for the weather.
Please ensure your large bike flags are properly placed and securely attached. Please do whatever you're able to help Honor the USMC Service of Mr. Tomasic, and to support his very proud and loving family. The family has made it very clear that they will appreciate a strong PGR presence.

Flags & Water:

Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
Large Bike Flags will be needed
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted by:
Don Higgins, SRC, Reg-1

Our veterans are in need!

The Rochester Area Warehouse can always use your gently used furniture. Presently this program is in the Rochester, NY area only. The ROC HOTH Warehouse schedules pickups every second Saturday of each month unless otherwise posted.

Please visit our Facebook page, PGRNY - HOTH for detailed information.

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If you have items that meet the criteria, are located in the Rochester area, and would like us to pickup those items, please go to the Help On The Homefront - Donate Items section and fill out the Furniture Donation Request Pick-up Request Form or call us at 585-866-1747 leaving us a message on our answering service with the reason for your call.  You are welcome to bring your donations to the ROC Warehouse by appointment only. Call to schedule your appointment for dropping off your donations today! Your donations are GREATLY appreciated and tax deductible.

PGRNY is an all volunteer 501c3 organization. Donations support our mission of honoring the fallen and Veterans and are tax deductible.

Checks payable to Patriot Guard Riders of NY may be sent to:

PO Box 12445
Rochester, NY 14612

Or you may donate by credit card or Paypal


Another way to donate is when shopping at Amazon.  Use AmazonSmile and a portion of the sale goes to PGRNY.  Thank You!

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